Tithing is an arguable aspect of the church today. Several verses about tithing appear in the Old Testament than in the New Testament. Their place in the Bible makes tithing to appear like law. Some believers view the practice as an act of following Biblical laws. Others view the practice as a basic duty of a New Testament believer.
Believers that oppose the tithing habit are of the view that the New Testament cancels all laws of the Old Testament. For this reason, tithing does not fit in the modern church. Yet, several New Testament verses make the practice relevant.
i) New Testament Verses that Talk about Tithing
Some verses in the New Testament support tithing:
- In Mathew 23:23, Jesus warns the Pharisees for their lack of concern for bigger matters even though they observe the tithing practice.
- In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 one can find lessons about giving. The verse also says that one can have enough of everything when he or she gives.
- In Luke 18:12, Jesus talks of a story of a Pharisee and a tax collector. As the Pharisee prays, Jesus notes that he is a tither.
- 1 Corinthians 16:2 speaks of saving something in the first week as a collection for the followers of God as one does well in life.
- Mathew 6: 1-4 advises people to give without letting others know about it.
- Luke 6:38 holds that a person that gives will receive a full quantity.
- 2 Corinthians 6:1-24 points out that a person that gives according to their ability will have more wealth than he or she needs.
- Luke 12:33 observes that a person should place their wealth in heaven since it will not get damaged.
- 1 Timothy 5: 17-18 says that those that preach and teach earn a salary.
- Acts 4: 32-37 tells about land and house owners that sold their personal effects and took the money to the house of the Lord for distribution among the disciples.
ii) The Relationship between the Verses and Malachi 3:10
Malachi 3:10 is the main verse about tithing. It is in the Old Testament making it a law. For this reason, believers that observe Mathew 5:17 resist it. Such believers claim that the second verse places grace above the law. Yet, the New Testament provides proof that living under grace does not excuse anyone from tithing.
A thorough study shows that the New Testament verses about tithing have a direct relationship with Malachi 3:10 in the following manner:
- In Mathew 23:23, Jesus counts tithing as a right habit that the Pharisees observed. One should note that Jesus replaced laws with grace. Yet, he continued to appreciate the importance of observing the law of tithing.
- In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10, one gets the subject of plenty that is like the overflow that Malachi 3:10 addresses as a result of giving.
- One can find a similarity between Luke 18:12 and Mathew 23:23. The two verses or show that Jesus viewed tithing as the right action even with the introduction of grace.
- In 1 Corinthians 16:2, the savings have a similar nature with tithing. Both actions bring food in the house of the Lord.
- Mathew 6: 1-4 talks about making giving a secret. The act is like the nature of Malachi 3:10. It is one's secret to know the amount of tithe that he or she will offer. It is also the duty of a tither to calculate the value of his or her total harvest and get a tenth.
- Luke 6:38 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 focuses on a common issue of receiving more than enough; like the results of tithing that Malachi 3:10 discusses.
- The means in 2 Corinthians 6:1-24 compares to the harvest that one collects in Malachi 3:10. The amount of tithe depends on the total amount of the harvest that one collects.
- Placing wealth in heaven, as Luke 12:33 observes, means taking a tithe to the house of the Lord according to Malachi 3:10.
- The workers in 1 Timothy 5: 17-18 are servants that live in the house of the Lord. The servants consume food that Malachi 3:10 features.
- The selling of land and houses in Acts 4: 32-37 compares with the harvest that Malachi 3:10 speaks about. Additionally, the act of taking the money from the sales of the property resembles the act of taking a tenth of the harvest to the house of the Lord.
The similarity of the content of the verses with the content of Malachi 3:10 makes it clear that the New Testament supports tithing as part of a practice that believers should observe.
iii) Confusing Verses about Tithing
The confusion about tithing comes from a series of New Testament verses. Romans 6:14 states that the coming of Jesus to earth brought in the grace that released the believers from the law.
Some believers claim that living under the grace of God makes tithing useless. They consider the New Testament as more important than the Old Testament.
Colossians 2:13-14 also talks about the cancellation of written laws after God's decision to save mankind. Omit, Galatians 2:19-21 talks about dying to the law to live in Christ. The two verses are against the use of Biblical laws.
iv) Making the Confusing Verses about Tithing Clear
Mathew 5:17 quotes Jesus saying that he did not come to abolish the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets. He came to fulfill them. For this reason, tithing remains relevant in the New Testament. To reject tithing is like rejection of truth. It is a sin to a believer.
The New Testament about tithing is a proof that grace is not greater than law. Grace makes the law stronger. It makes the law more relevant in the modern church. Believers that oppose tithing need to understand the verses. Additionally, they should note that the details of the verse in Malachi 3:10 are similar to the details of the verses that talk about tithing in the New Testament.